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Add another reason for the rumor mill to churn about a Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) run for Senate this year. A new Rasmussen poll out this morning shows Pence leading the man he'll try to unseat should he enter the race, Sen. Evan Bayh (D), in a head-to-head matchup

The poll shows Pence ahead of Bayh by 3 points, 47-44. Bayh, a moderate who has at times clashed with the White House over spending during the past year, would be a particularly sweet target for the GOP. The prospects of a Pence win is also likely to fire up the tea party base of the GOP, who consider Pence one of their kind of Republicans.

Pence hasn't said whether he'll run or not, but reports show he's been seriously considering it. Last week, Reid Wilson reported Pence met with the NRSC to discuss the possibility.

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Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) had some choice words for his fellow party members over the weekend.

To those Democrats who are worried about passing health care reform in the wake of Republican Scott Brown's upset victory in Massachusetts, Rendell said "get that best bill as strong and as tight as you can then send it back to the Senate and let's see if they (Republicans) are going to filibuster."

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The ACLU filed suit Friday in a bid to force the Justice Department to release its internal report on torture.

The long-awaited report from the department's Office of Professional Ethics considers whether DOJ lawyers like John Yoo broke ethics rules in writing the memos that approved torture.

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Obama To Announce Aid For Middle Class The Associated Press reports that President Obama and Vice President Biden will roll out a new set of initiatives on the economy: "The proposals to be unveiled by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, and which the president will push in his Wednesday night speech, include a doubling of the child care tax credit for families earning under $85,000; an increase in federal funding for child care programs of $1.6 billion; capping student loan payments to 10 percent of income above "a basic living allowance;" expanding tax credits to match retirement savings; and increasing aid for families taking care of elderly relatives. The plan would also require all employers to provide the option of a workplace-based retirement savings plan."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, will receive the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and will meet with senior advisers at 10:30 a.m. ET. Obama and Vice President Biden will attend an 11:25 a.m. ET meeting of the Middle Class Task Force. Obama and Biden will have lunch at 12 p.m. ET. Obama will welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the White House at 2:20 p.m. ET. Obama and Biden will meet at 4:50 p.m. ET with Kurdistan Regional Government President Barzani.

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Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) is planning to run against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his Senate seat.

Hayworth told the Associated Press that he stepped down as host of a conservative talk radio show in Arizona, clearing the way for a Senate run.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that President Barack Obama has been called to do his civic duty -- and show up for jury duty in a Bridgeview, IL, on Monday.

But fear not, suburban Illinois suspects. "The president won't be expected to show up," a court source told the Sun-Times.

So there you have it, a surefire way to dodge jury duty: get elected president.

Jarrett: Obama Making Phone Calls On Health Care Appearing on Meet The Press, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said that President Obama is continuing to work on health care reform: "What he's doing and what happened over the course of the weekend is there've been a series of phone calls and conversations to try to see what, what the climate is, what's the art of the possible. But what the president is always going to do is try to push hard for the American people. He's not going to give up on that because of one election in Massachusetts. He's going to continue to work hard. We don't know what's going to happen. But what we do know is that we have a president committed to delivering for the American people."

Joe Biden: Beau 'Doesn't Want To' Run For Senate In an interview with the Wilmington News Journal, Vice President Biden said that his son Beau Biden, the state Attorney General, does not want to run for Joe Biden's former Senate seat -- which would badly damage the Democrats' chances of keeping the seat. "If you run into Beau, talk him into running; he respects you," Biden told reporter Harry Themal. When Themal responded that he doesn't think Beau wants to run, Joe Biden said: "I don't think he does either. I know he doesn't want to."

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Obama Slams Citizens United Ruling In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama excoriated the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizen's United case, which overturned a century of previous law to allow corporations to directly spend money to campaign in elections:



"We don't need to give any more voice to the powerful interests that already drown out the voices of everyday Americans," said Obama. "And we don't intend to. When this ruling came down, I instructed my administration to get to work immediately with Members of Congress willing to fight for the American people to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision. We have begun that work, and it will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done."

Boehner Hails 'Political Rebellion' Against Democrats In this weekend's Republican YouTube, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) celebrated the victory of Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA), as part of a "political rebellion" against the Democrats' agenda:



"For months now, a political rebellion has been brewing - one born from the American people's opposition to greater government control over our economy and their lives," Boehner said. "That rebellion propelled Republican Scott Brown to victory in this week's Massachusetts special election. Scott's win in the bluest of blue states gives us new hope that common sense will prevail. That maybe now, the hard work and entrepreneurship of the American people will no longer be stifled by Washington Democrats' costly, job-killing agenda, an agenda Republicans have stood on principle and fought tooth and nail against."

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Since Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake on Tuesday, January 12th, the country has unraveled into near chaos. The international community responded swiftly, pouring in millions of aid. Even typical adversaries, like the U.S. and Cuba, have joined forces to offer relief for Haiti. But several bottlenecks have held up the efforts, leaving many Haitians homeless and waiting for aid.

Here are some images of the relief efforts and ongoing tragedy in the small nation. See more images of the initial devastation and aftermath of the earthquake.

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